Pokémon Scarlet and Violet egg and breeding guide

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet egg and breeding guide

Breeding is an important part of the main Pokémon series, whether you’re hatching eggs to complete your Pokédex or assembling a competitive team with impeccable stats. While the main breeding mechanisms have remained the same since their introduction in Gold and Silver, Pokémon Scarlet and purple make some important changes. U.S Pokémon Scarlet and purple Eggs and Breeding Guide describes how to get and hatch eggs, what items you need to breed, and how to breed the best Pokémon possible.

Which Pokémon can breed?

Pokémon are compatible if they have one Egg group and its opposite sexes; the resulting egg will be the same species as the female parent.

You can also pair a Pokémon of any gender with one Ditto to breed more of the non-Ditto Pokémon, and this is the only way to breed Genderless Pokémon, such as Voltorb, or Pokémon that can only be male. Keep in mind that certain Pokémon, including some Genderless Pokémon and most Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, are in the “Undiscovered” Egg Group and cannot reproduce at all.

How to get Pokémon Eggs in Scarlet and Violet

In a big change from previous Pokémon games, there is no daycare where you can leave two Pokémon to generate eggs. Instead, you can hunt for eggs while on one picnic.

Make sure you have two compatible Pokémon in your party – it’s easiest if you put the other four in your Pokémon boxes, which you can access from the menu – and set up a picnic. The next step is waiting! Walk around, make a sandwich, hang out. After about a minute, Pokémon eggs should appear in the basket by your picnic table. Press A at the basket to collect the eggssent to your Pokémon boxes.

You can increase the egg spawn rate by eating a meal with the Egg power bonus. Restaurants around Paldea will sell food with this meal power, and you can also spread sandwiches yourself with the Egg Power effect during the picnic.

A Zangoose and Ditto enjoy a cozy picnic together in a brown and orange forest

Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon

How to hatch eggs

Once you’ve collected some eggs, it’s time to hatch them. To do this, just put the eggs in your party and walk (or ride Koraidon/Miraidon) around. (Some species take longer to hatch than others, so remember to be patient.) Keep in mind that you always need at least one non-egg Pokémon in your party, and unlike collecting of eggs, you have to move around to hatch them – idling doesn’t count.

To speed up hatching, you can add a Pokémon to the Flame Body, Magma Armor, or Steam Engine skills at your party. The most efficient way to hatch eggs is to limit your party so it’s just this Pokémon, with eggs taking up the remaining five slots.

pokemon inside Scarlet and purple which can have Flame Body, Magma Armor and/or Steam Engine:

  • Fletchinder and Talonflame
  • Larvesta and Volcarona
  • Rolycoly, Carkol and Coalossal
  • Eruption

How to Learn Egg Moves and Where to Get Mirror Herb

Scarlet and purple also make a handy change to Egg Moves, or moves that a Pokémon could previously only learn by breeding. Just like breeding itself, it’s also linked to picnics and you need a brand new item, the Mirror Herbto make it work.

Include in your party a Pokémon that knows the desired Egg Move and the Pokémon you want to teach the Egg Move; give the last Pokémon a Mirror Herb to hold, then have a picnic. The Pokémon that Mirror Herb is holding can learn any Egg Move its species can learn from other Pokémon in your party, even if they are of the same gender, different species, or in different Egg Groups. This way you don’t have to breed a brand new Pokémon just for the Egg Move.

You can buy a mirror herb from the Delibird Presents store on the second floor of Cascarrafa. They are listed under ‘Battle Items’ and they cost 30,000 each. In battle, these are single-use items, so make sure you don’t equip them before fighting so you don’t lose them!

An in-game store menu of Violet and Scarlet, showing where the Mirror Herb is, a green leaf

Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon

Useful items for growing Pokémon

As in previous games, the parent Pokémon can hold items to influence what is passed on to the resulting Eggs. These items include the Everstone and the Destiny buttonand using it is the most effective way to breed a Pokemon with the stats and Nature you want.

A parent holding an Everstone passes on its nature, which affects how its stats develop, to the resulting Pokémon. Giving the other parent a Destiny Knot to hold will pass five IVs (or base stats) out of the parent’s 12 base stats, meaning only one stat will be randomized instead of several.

With or without held items, eggs will inherit:

  • IVsbut without a Destiny Knot more base stats will be randomized
  • Assets, although it’s not a 100% chance if the Pokémon has more than one possible Ability; Hidden Ability is inherited from the female parent unless bred with Ditto
  • Most types of Poké Ball — females if the species are different; 50/50 chance of both parents if species are the same; non-Ditto parents if paired with Ditto
  • Egg movesas well as certain moves in the Pokémon’s usual move pool

Eggs do not inherit:

  • EVs (effort values, which affect stat growth and are separate from base stats)
  • Natureif neither parent is holding an Everstone
  • Master Ball and Cherish ball; the resulting Pokémon will instead have a regular Poké Ball

How to get the baby pokemon out of eggs

Note that unlike previous games, you no longer need Incense items to breed the ‘baby’ Pokémon, such as Azurill and Bonsly, from their respective evolutions, such as Marill and Sudowoodo. Instead, all of this Pokémon’s eggs will hatch as the baby, or pre-evolution.

For example, in previous games, breeding Marill or Azumarill without the Sea Incense item would result in Marill eggs, instead of Marill’s pre-evolution, Azurill. Now every egg from a Marill or Azumarill will hatch into an Azurill, so you don’t have to sacrifice Everstone or Destiny Knot to breed the baby Pokémon.

Shiny hunting with the Masuda method

As Jacq alludes to in a biology class, the Masuda method still exists Scarlet and purple. If you pair two compatible Pokémon from different language versions of the game, the resulting eggs have a higher chance of being shiny. This stacks up with the Shiny Charm to improve your shiny chances while breeding.

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